Review by Chronata
Ah the Connolly tarot... I know a few people who
absolutely rave about this deck, and I know quite a few
others who absolutely detest it. Me?....I'm somewhere in
the middle. Normally I wouldn't bother to write a
reveiw for a deck that I feel kind of apathetic and
"middle of the road" about, but this deck merits some
appreciation from me because I actually use it often in
Those of you out there who also do
readings for the public, in varied places, might understand
where I'm coming from. There have been occasions where
I have been booked as a psychic reader in the most
unlikely places... taverns, mall openings, church socials,
spaghetti dinners, etc. And often in these places,I would
come across people who equate "Tarot" with "Occult" and
therefore with "evil". These are the times, when I call
what I do "Angel Readings", and I pull out a couple of
Angel Oracle decks... and the Connolly.
What I like about the Connolly is that there are no "bad" cards. The
images and the symbolism are all colorful and light and
positive, and for the most part, people don't even realize
that I am reading with a Tarot deck at all.
Both Death and the Devil have been renamed and transformed. (into
Transition and Materialism, respectively.) The Ten of Swords,
and for that matter, the whole suit of swords looks a
little less intense, and a whole lot easier to
The deck has been loosely based on the images of the
Rider-Waite... and I really have to stress the term "loosely" because
of a couple of card images that have been oddly
reworked in a confusing, and unfathomable way. Some
cards have drawings that actually remind me so strongly
of the images from different cards, that they can be
For instance, on the 8 of swords,in the Connolly,
there is a picture of a man looking out of a leaded
glass window at the hilts of swords sticking out of the
snow... which puts me in mind of the Rider-Waite card of the 5
of Pentacles (stained glass window, people in the
snow) certainly more than the R/W 8 of swords (woman
bound, blindfolded and surrounded by swords).
I guess I
can see where the artist was going with the symbolism,
but when I'm used to seeing a certain deck of
images, that *most* of the other cards in this deck also relate
to, it can be a little jarring. The 5 of Wands is
similar, in that it reminds me of the Rider-Waite 6 of
swords (a man in a boat full of tall objects heading
towards the shore). And then there are a couple where I
have *no* idea what symbology the artist had in mind,
for the meaning of the card.
Like the 4 of swords,
which pictures a man looking over a little garden wall
and gate at four swords and a chest of money. Eh?
I just don't get it.
Now, the way this deck works for
me, and my angel readings, is fairly simple. I use it
as an enhancement for the other angel decks, and as a
symbolic crutch to open up my psychic channels and receive
I suppose if someone were looking for a
nice oracle card deck, that wasn't too scary, or needed
to sneak a deck into, say, a disapproving household,
with people who find Tarot to be too negative, then
this is not a bad deck to work with.
serious or advanced Tarot study, I can't say that I would
recommend it... unless you happen to do a lot of readings for
the church ladies monthly AA group, like Me :)
Review by Heather Wagstaff
I was looking for mini deck to keep in my
handbag other than the Rider Waite, when I came across the
mini Connolly which is about half the size of the
original. Besides mine being smaller, the imagery and the
colours are wonderful.
I loved the pack as soon as I
started looking through it. Although the cards are mainly
built on the Rider Waite type imagery, I must admit
there were a few suprises.
Firstly, for those of you
who mistakenly see the Devil card, the Death card and
10 of Swords as bad cards then you are in for a nice
suprise as this deck has not a single "bad" card in it.
The Devil is now 'Materialism' and Death is
'Transformation' and the 10 of swords shows a woman glowing surrounded
by ten swords but no one stabbed or dead.
portrays the meaning of the cards as they should be
interpreted rather than having the associations we usually
apply to death, devil etc. Much better for anyone a bit
nervous of a tarot reading or the tarot cards.
the positive viewpoint of the cards the colours are
beautiful and are great for meditation. In fact, there is an
extra card showing a doorway called the doorway to
meditation, although I am not exactly sure its purpose in the
pack as yet.
For anyone with a lively colourful and
positive outlook then I think these cards will speak to
you. They are not too far different from the standard packs,
that a beginner wouldn't be able to decipher them yet
they are easier to interpret generally as the images
are easier to relate to. I've only had the pack 2
days and I am in love with it and feel that this will
remain one of my favourites.